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Center for Human Sexuality Studies

"Scientific discovery may not be better than sex, but the satisfaction lasts longer." – Stephen Hawking

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."   – Zora Neale Hurston 

Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) houses one of the only doctoral programs in human sexuality studies at a fully accredited university in the United States. Our graduates are pioneering sexologists who take on leadership roles worldwide as clinicians, educators, and sexuality researchers.

CHSS offers both master’s and doctoral degree programs to prepare future and current professionals to teach, consult, provide counseling and therapy, and conduct research in a variety of settings on complex issues related to human sexuality. 

Degree Programs

The master of education (MEd) at CHSS is the practitioner-level training for sexuality professionals. With two possible tracks of study (Sexuality Education and Sex Therapy), the Center trains professionals in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work with individuals and groups around the myriad sensitive issues in human sexuality.

The doctorate of philosophy (PhD) at CHSS develops leaders who actively participate in the scholarly discourse in human sexuality. The program begins with the practitioner-level of training for sexuality professionals and culminates with scholar-level training. PhD students are trained to take their practice into research, contributing to the literature in the field and using those contributions to inform practice.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) offers three interdisciplinary programs in collaboration with Widener’s Center for Social Work Education, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, and Center for Education. These programs enable you to earn a licensable degree in social work, clinical psychology, or a Pennsylvania certificate in school counseling.

Advanced Training Programs

The Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health is for licensed mental health professionals who are working with or plan to work with transgender, gender non-conforming, and/or gender expansive children, youth, or adults as they are finding their voices and seeking support to live authentically.

Why Widener?


  • Weekend and select weeknight classes for working professionals and commuters from across the country
  • Select courses offered online
  • Full and part-time options with reasonable tuition costs

Exceptional Training

  • Supervised field experience during practicum placement 
  • Use of current educational philosophies and methodologies appropriate for adults with varied learning styles
  • Emphasis on affective learning and cutting-edge strategies in training sexologists
  • Use of a biopsychosocial model to promote a comprehensive understanding of the development and practice of human sexuality through the lifespan within specific social, cultural, and political contexts


Widener's Center for Human Sexuality Studies provides graduate courses in the evenings.